Ravens' quarterbacks looking to reverse trend

OWINGS MILLS – It hasn't been a sterling preseason for the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks.<br><br> Whether it's starter Kyle Boller missing open receivers or tripping over his blockers or backup Kordell Stewart fumbling and throwing interceptions in the red zone, their combined efforts haven't generated much aerial production.

Heading into tonight's preseason finale on the road against the New York Giants, Boller is hoping to reverse that trend. The defending AFC North champions have the lowest-ranked passing offense this preseason, a repeat of last year's final ranking.

"I want us to put together a long drive," said Boller of an offense that averages 133.7 passing yards per game. "I'm looking for us to put it all together."

Boller has completed 24 of 43 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and an interception for a 70.5 passer rating. He has been sacked three times.

Against the Giants, Boller will play a few series before Stewart takes over for the majority of the game.

"We're making strides," said Boller, whom the Ravens traded this year's first-round draft pick to New England last year to acquire him out of Cal. "I'm continuing to concentrate on my mechanics and fundamentals."

Meanwhile, Stewart has struggled mightily.

The one-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers has completed 10 of 24 passes (41.7 percent) for 137 yards, three interceptions and a 34.9 passer rating. He was the lowest-ranked quarterback in the NFL last season in seven starts with the Chicago Bears.

"It's time to put it all together," Stewart said. "Some things haven't gone as well as they could have, but I'm sure we'll be fine in the regular season. Regardless of whose fault or what happened, we have to cut down on some of these mistakes and that includes me."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times
 


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